In honor of Women’s History Month, we have compiled a list of movies about that are not only about women but also made by women.

Written by: Natalie Daniels – March 2nd, 2021 10:09 pm pst

March is Women’s History Month, and we want to spend this time to reflect and honor the accomplishments and contributions of women’s history. Here at AfterBuzz and Popcorn Talk, we celebrate the month focusing on women who have impacted the entertainment industry, specifically movies centered around women, directed by women.

Nomadland (2020)

Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film follows a woman in her 60s, Fern (Francis McDormand), who travels through the American West after losing her job in the Great Recession. The film has garnered a lot of praise, like winning best drama motion picture, best director of a motion picture, best screenplay of a motion picture, and best actress in a drama motion picture at the 2021 Golden Globes.

The Farewell (2019)

In this dramady written and directed by Lulu Wang, Billi (Awkwafina) and her family return to China for a wedding disguised as a way to say goodbye to their dying grandmother, who is unaware that she only has a couple of weeks to live. The film is bilingual in both English and Chinese, and based on Wang’s experiences. Awkwafina earned acclaim from critics as she won best actress for a comedy or musical at the 2020 Golden Globes.

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Little Women (2019)

Directed by Greta Gerwig, the story is adapted from the coming of age novel by Louisa May Alcott. The film follows the lives of the four March sisters during the Civil War and the years after. It stars big names like Saoirse Ronan (Jo), Emma Watson (Meg), Florence Pugh (Amy), Eliza Scanlen (Beth), Laura Dern (Marmee), Timothée Chalamet (Laurie), and Meryl Streep (Aunt March).

Booksmart (2019)

This coming of age comedy film, directed by Olivia Wilde, follows two academic overachiever friends who decide to cram four years of fun into one night before graduation. Starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart relishes in the comical ridiculous but special moments of high school from two young women’s perspectives.

Hustlers (2019)

Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star in this female-empowering and also cautionary heist drama. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the story follows former strip club employees who scheme against their male Wall Street clients after the economic fall of 2008. The film is based on New York Magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler.

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Little (2019)

Directed by Tina Gordon, this film follows the life of an overbearing boss Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) who magically transforms into the thirteen-year-old version of herself (Marsai Martin). Black-ish star Martin shines not only on screen but also as a producer, proving that no one is ever too young to pursue creative dreams.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

The French historical romantic drama, directed by Céline Sciamma, tells the story of an affair between an aristocrat and a woman who paints her in the late 18th century France. Starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, the French language film made waves globally, being nominated at the 2020 Golden Globes for best foreign-language film.

Miss Juneteenth (2020)

Directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples, this film follows a single mom and former beauty queen Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) as she enters her daughter Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) into a “Miss Juneteenth” pageant. The story focuses on the film’s black female characters, with the story set in the mother and daughter’s perspectives.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

The drama film, directed by Eliza Hittman, tells the story of a young girl named Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) who faces an unexpected pregnancy and travels with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) to New York City. The film touches on the sensitive topic of abortion with caution and understanding, centering on a young woman’s journey.

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020)

Directed by Cathy Yan, the film follows Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) as she joins forces with superheroes like Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save a girl from a crime lord. The movie includes action-packed moments with women at the center of the superhero story.

While our list only includes ten films, there are numerous great movies about women that are also made by women. We celebrate today and all days the power of cinema with women at the center, both in front of and behind the camera.

About The Author:

Natalie Daniels is a Journalism major at Emerson College in Boston and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. With her love of entertainment news and positive storytelling, she is passionate about all things music, TV/ movies, and pop culture.

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